Tropical & Subtropical Ocean Circulation, Equatorial to Mid-Latitude Air-Sea Interactions (co-organized)
|Convener: Alban Lazar | Co-Conveners: Marcus Dengler , Noel Keenlyside , Peter Brandt|
Observations and simulations of ocean circulation and marine atmosphere processes are rapidly growing for meso- to basin scale on diurnal to interannual time scale. This session focuses on tropical and subtropical ocean dynamics as well as local interaction between the ocean and the overlying atmosphere from the equator to mid-latitudes. Relevant processes in the ocean include deep and upper ocean circulation variability, mild SST gradients to sharp fronts, eddies, filaments, tropical instability waves, warm pools, upper ocean various layers, cold tongues and eastern boundary upwelling. Regarding air-sea interactions, we seek studies that analyse the local to regional scales, and those discussing the conditions under which they may lead to a large-scale atmospheric response. Surface wind modulations, Madden-Julian Oscillation, cyclones, and convective systems, as well as scale interactions are welcome. In the extra-tropics, we seek also contributions on the role of extra-tropical fronts in anchoring mid-latitude storms and precipitation, and generally on how the air-sea interactions may shape modes of climate variability.